International Student Admissions

If you are a prospective student who is not a United States citizen or Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder, you are considered an international student. Applying as an international student is a simple, straightforward process, and it is outlined below. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at or over the phone at +1.855.GO.STORM.


1. Submit the following materials:

a. Online Application for Admission (

b. International Supplement to the Online Application

c. Official High School/Secondary School Transcripts or Records

d. Official College or University Transcripts or Records (if available)

NOTE: All school transcripts or records need to be in English and evaluated through an international credentials agency, such as World Education Services ( or Education Credential Evaluators ( You should begin the evaluation process as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the agency to send the credentials evaluation report to us prior to the application deadline.

e. Official SAT or ACT scores

NOTE: Official test scores are preferred.  If sending a scan of a score report, the scan must be clearly legible and contain the student name, student identification number, and testing location to be considered for admission.  Lake Erie College reserves the right to request official test score reports at any time.

f. Proof of English Proficiency for students for whom English is not their first language: minimum TOEFL scores required for admission are 550 on paper-based TOEFL or 79 on Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT), 6.0 on IELTS, or STEP Eiken 1st and Pre-1st Grade level (for Japanese students).

2. Submit all necessary financial aid forms:

a. Completed Lake Erie College International Student Financial Aid Application and the Certification of Support Form.

b. Any additional supporting documentation such as tax forms, statement of employment, bank statements, letter from sponsors, etc.

Please note: if the additional supporting documentation is from anyone else but the student, they will be required to submit the Financial Support Document. This document will be provided by the office of admission directly to the family member and/or sponsor, and will be required to be sent back to the office of admission by the family member and/or sponsor.

The above documents must be submitted with English translations whenever necessary. Application requirements must be satisfied before I-20 form is issued.



Application Deadline

Admission Deadline

Tuition Due

Fall Semester

May 1

June 1

July 15

Spring Semester

September 15

October 15

November 15

NOTE: These deadlines are meant as guidelines in order to encourage timely submissions of all application materials for international students. While we still would consider a prospective international student's application after these deadlines have passed, abiding by the deadlines will help make the process of certifying a student for a student visa, and ensuring their timely arrival at the Lake Erie College campus, as efficient as possible.


Direct Costs

  • Tuition and General Fees
  • Enrollment and Housing deposits: $300 (one-time non-refundable deposit, credited to the first semester bill)
  • I-20 Processing Fee: $200 (one-time fee for the first semester only)
  • International Activities Fee: $150/semester
  • Orientation Fee: $200 for first year students, $50 for transfer students (one-time fee for the first semester only)

Personal Budget:

Students are responsible for all travel costs, books, supplies, and personal expenses, as well as the costs associated with international health insurance. At Lake Erie College, students spend an average of $1,000/year on books and supplies, $1,000/year on personal expenses, and $1,000/year on travel and insurance. An estimated personal budget for international students is $3,000/year.

Due to federal visa regulations, we are also required to have proof that a student has sufficient financial resources to cover his or her personal budget for the year. This means that we need to see proof of financial support for an additional $3,000 on top of the direct costs. NOTE: The personal budget amount is NOT payable to the College; however, when a student is applying for financial aid, they need to show that amount before the College is able to issue the I-20 form.

Health Insurance:

All international students are required to show proof of health insurance before they can move into campus housing.

International Scholarship :

As an undergraduate international student, if you are accepted to Lake Erie College, you will automatically qualify for LEC’s Garfield International Student Scholarship, which $15,000 for students with a GPA of 3.25 and above, and $12,000 for a GPA below 3.25.